DHP Family, the bar operator and live music promotions company, has secured its first site in London with the leasehold acquisition of the 7,000 sq.ft former station building in Hackney.
Re-opening as ‘Oslo’ in November, the two-storey venue will become a destination for food, drinks and music, housing an all-day restaurant and café with a 3am licence, all within a ‘dark Nordic’ setting.
“It’s great to be making an impact in East London,” said Oslo’s owner George Akins. “Following on from the opening of our London Fields office last year, it’s really exciting to be bringing the Oslo venture to Hackney central.
“And, of course, it’s pleasing to reflect a bit of my Norwegian roots in the Oslo name.”
DHP, which also runs Rock City in Nottingham and Thekla in Bristol, recently reporter a growth in turnover of 66% since 2009, to £15m in 2012. As a promoter, it hosts more than 1,200 music events a year.
At Oslo, an extra emphasis will be placed on the F&B offering, with the food menu based around locally sourced ingredients and drinks including an array of craft beers, ales and spirits from local suppliers.
The venue’s newly appointed general manager Arman Wysocki brings experience from Shoreditch House and House of Wolves. He believes Oslo's varied offering will fill a gap in the market.
“I’m looking forward to introducing Oslo as a place where good music, fantastic food and an inventive drinks menu meet together to provide a great culinary, social and cultural experience.
“It’s something I think Hackney and East London have been waiting a long time for.”
Originally built as a railway station in 1870, the building on Amhurst Road was later used as a ticket office during World War II. It is the only surviving part of the original station which was closed in the 70s.
A new 15-year lease was granted from Network Rail, with Colliers International’s Alex Hill claiming the acquisition represents a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for DHP.
“Hackney and East London are one of London’s fastest growing leisure hubs and this venue’s location in the dynamic and burgeoning area of Hackney Central will appeal to the strong cultural identity of this part of London,” said Hill.
“It will cater for both daytime and night time trade, maximising the opportunity to provide an exciting new destination for all aspects of the local and wider communities in Hackney Central and East London.”
Oslo will open at 1A Amhurst Road in Hackney this November.